How to Meal Prep (For Beginners)
*Everything written in this post is based on my own opinion & what has been successful for our family. This may not work for everyone*
Let's start off with some things that meal prepping does NOT have to be:
Different each week
I'm going to let you in on a little personal secret: we eat the same meal each week for the majority of our meals.
You do not by any means have to do that to be a successful meal-prepper, I have just found it simpler that way (and neither of us mind eating the same thing either).
For meal prepping, you really just need three things:
I like to use the oven to bake both the protein and veggie so I can do something else while they are cooking.
Preheat oven to 400
Spray cookie sheet with PAM or alternative
Rub chicken thighs with olive oil, salt & pepper, and your choice of seasoning (Cajun is our favorite, but have also tried poultry seasoning and Italian)
Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes
After you place the chicken in the oven, cut up your broccoli into smaller florets (I have also used green beans in place of broccoli) and arrange on a sprayed cookie sheet
Drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper
Place in oven with chicken for 25-30 minutes
While the chicken and veggies are in the oven, I ready the carbs. Most of the time I just cook some 90 second rice pouches because, let's be honest, I'm already doing enough cooking ;)
However, sometimes I shake things up and make sweet potatoes: Wash & dry, poke with fork and place into microwave for 7 minutes. Then wrap in foil and place in oven until everything is ready to come out.
Putting It All Together
One of the best ways to be successful in meal prepping is to divide each portion into its own container. Honestly, I am way less likely to eat any veggies if I have to get out a whole other container for it. I know that seems really lazy, but it's the truth. If you have everything in one container, you can just pop it in the microwave and voila! It also really helps with grabbing lunch out of the fridge when you're leaving for work. No more incomplete meals!
I hope this was helpful! If I start mixing up my meal planning, I'll be sure to post about it.
Thanks for reading!
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